The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Joyce Slochower, PhD, ABPP
A second look at non-sexual friendships between ex-analyst and ex-patient
Saturday December 2, 2023
11am - 1 pm
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Zoom Clinical Conference
A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.
2 Continuing Education Credits
2 CECs (Division 39)
2 CECs (NASW): Approved for Social Work, LPCs & LMFTs
Conference ScheduleSign-in 10:45 – 11:00
Presentation 11:00 – 1:00
Our termination ideal stands at a considerable distance from clinical reality; “complete” terminations are rare indeed. This gap is perhaps best explored by considering sequels—instances in which ex-analyst and ex-patient become nonsexual friends post treatment. The meanings and implications of these post-termination friendships—their complexities, problematic edges, serious difficulties, and the potential therapeutic benefit of this deviation from the termination ideal—are illustrated using the unfinished story of a good treatment and its yet-to-be-defined ending. I aim to interrogate our model of termination and to elucidate the complexities of treatment sequels for both patient and analyst.Joyce Slochower PhD is Professor Emerita of Psychology at CUNY; Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program, Steven Mitchell Center, National Training Program, & PINC in San Francisco. Second Editions of her books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective and Psychoanalytic Collisions were released in 2014. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of De-Idealizing Relational Theory: a Critique From Within and Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique (2018, Routledge). Her forthcoming book, Psychoanalysis and the Unspoken is in press. She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples and runs supervision and study groups.
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to
1) describe the traditional termination ideal
2) describe the clinical function of the termination process
3) describe the risks and potential benefits of establishing a post-treatment friendship
Bergmann, M.S. (1997). "Termination: The Achilles heel of psychoanalytic technique." Psychoanalytic Psychology 14:163-174.
Bonovitz, C. (2007). "Termination never ends: The inevitable incompleteness of psychoanalysis." Contemporary Psychoanalysis 43:229-246.
Craige, H. (2002). "Mourning analysis: The post-termination phase." Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 50:507-550.
Grand, S. (2009) "Termination as necessary madness." Psychoanalytic Dialogues 19:723-733.
The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.
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